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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry


Sign for the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry

UNIT LEAD Professor Stefan Priebe (sabbatical) and Professor Victoria Bird (Acting Lead)

The USCP, based in Newham, collaborates with local services and has international links in Europe, Africa and South America. It provides postgraduate teaching, an extensive research programme and service development. In 2012 it became a WHO Collaborating Centre for mental health service development and is the only such centre in the world.

Research addresses concepts, methods and practice of social and community psychiatry and includes arts-based approaches, development and evaluation of novel interventions, therapeutic relationships, communication and patient reported outcomes.

Core resources are jointly funded through QMUL and ELFT: 2 Professors, a Senior Lecturer, a Clinical Lecturer, and USCP Manager. Additional resources fund around 40 researchers, PhD students and interns.

Research projects are funded by the MRC, Wellcome Trust, NIHR, Department of Health, and the European Commission. Since 2007 it has generated more than £30m external research funding, leading on a number of international studies, with partners in around 19 other countries.

  • Social dimension of mental health care.

  • Concepts, methods and practice of social and community psychiatry.

  • Development and evaluation of novel intervention.

  • Therapeutic relationships.

  • Communication.

  • Patient reported outcomes.

  • Arts based methods.



Victoria Bird – Unit Lead

Catherine Carr – Clinical Lecturer

Nikolina Jovanovic – Clinical Lecturer

Eleanor Blunt - CSO

Zivile Jakaite - CSO

Myerscough, Anna - CSO

Gonca Ramjaun - CSO

Agnes Chevalier – Trial Manager

Harpreet Matharu – Trial Manager

Philip McNamee – Trial Manager

Emma Medlicott – Trial Manager

Renata Peppl – Trial Manager

Manuela Russo, Trial Manager

Sana Sajun – Trial Manager

Francois Van Loggerenberg – Trial Manager

Catherine Fung – Programme Manager

Erin Burn – Researcher

Mébh Conneely – Researcher

Jennifer French – Researcher

Aleksandra Matanov – Researcher

Mimi Suzuki – Researcher

Matthew Faires – Research Assistant

Nadia Halim – Research Assistant

Lauren Hounsell – Research Assistant

Lauren Jerome – Research Assistant

Lopez Chemas, Natalia – Research Assistant

Emma Millard – Research Assistant

Katy Packer – Research Assistant

Tamara Pemovska – Research Assistant

Teodora Popnikolova – Research Assistant

Diana Romei – Research Assistant

Jodie Smith – Research Assistant

Anna Walker – Research Assistant

Ayed, Nadia – PhD Student

Merve Dilgul – PhD Student

Franziska Mosler – PhD Student

Nicola Power – PhD Student

Vian Rajabzadeh – PhD Student

Megan Tjasink – PhD Student (from January 2022)



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Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry

Newham Centre for Mental Health

Glen Road


E13 8SP




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